September 2018
Howle's Hints

“Remember in September”

“I can’t explain 9/11, except the evil of man.”  ~Billy Graham

For the years before 9/11, many of us would think of September as the beginning of hunting season, football season, and the approaching fall. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the first thoughts we have are what happened on that day. Even today, simply mentioning 9/11 is all that is needed to spark conversation on what went down that day in America and the incredible loss of life suffered.

The website gives an accurate account of the events of that day:

"On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush."

As Billy Graham explained above, sometimes the only explanation is the evil in man. Proverbs 28 gives some examples of characteristics of evil. The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.


All Strung Up

Sometimes you need a heavy-duty wire to hang a large picture frame or a deer mount. Guitar strings, especially the larger 4th, 5th, and 6th strings, make ideal wire for hanging larger objects on your wall. Simply weave the wire through the eye hooks, and hang the item on a strong screw or nail.


This September, whether you are trail riding, camping, or hunting, use these precautions to stay tick-free.

Tricks to Prevent Ticks

September is a great time to be outdoors, whether you are hunting, fishing, hiking, trail riding with your horse, camping, or gardening. With the great times, however, come cautions. Ticks are quite active this time of year, and precautions are necessary. I’ve already heard of a case of Lyme disease in my area this year.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the best precaution is treating your clothes with products that contain permethrin. You can spray the permethrin on boots, clothes and camping gear; you should be protected through several washings. You can also spray products with DEET on your clothing, as well. One trick I use is to spray my hat with a DEET product and wear a bandana sprayed with DEET around my neck.

The CDC says not to use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old. If you have come in from camping or hunting, wash your clothes in hot water and tumble dry on high heat. Cold and medium water will not kill ticks. Finally, shower after coming in to wash off any unattached tick and do a full body check.

If you have a tick attached to your body, use blunt-tip tweezers to remove the tick, pinching as close to the skin as possible, pulling the tick straight out. DO NOT apply a hot match head, alcohol, or Vaseline to the tick to make them remove themselves. They will often regurgitate harmful germs if you try this.

The brass of a shotgun shell makes a great pull knob.


Spent Shotgun Shells

Maybe after your opening day dove shoot, you had plenty of spent shotgun shells left over. When you look at the brass of the shell, you might be thinking, "Is there a way I can repurpose these shells for something else?" Well, here’s a couple of tips on what you can do with some of those used shotgun shells.

The brass of a shotgun shell makes a cool, rustic-looking drawer pull or cabinet knob. First, remove the spent primer, cut the plastic off in front of the brass, and attach the brass casing to the wood with a wood screw through the primer hole.

You can also use spent shotgun shells to make a match safe. A 16-gauge spent shotgun shell slides snugly into a 12-gauge shell. This will hold plenty of strike-anywhere matches and can easily be carried in your pocket. Make sure the ambient moisture of the room you are placing the matches in is dry. This way, the match heads last longer without deterioration due to moisture.


This September as you reflect on 9/11, don’t dwell on the evil in the world, but rest your thoughts on the one who brings peace and prosperity. I leave you with this quote. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)


John Howle is a freelance writer from Heflin.